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Making news deserts bloom again

The Daily Memphian in Tennessee and McClatchy's Compass Experiment are two approaches to serving "news deserts" — and there are lessons to be learned from them. At the Mega-Conference, Eric Barnes and Mandy Jenkins will discuss the challenges and opportunities in starting a local news site.
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The Age of Video: Trends, insights and the journey to revenue success

Best practices for selling and distributing branded video content on social media will be shared on the Solutions Stage next month at the Mega-Conference. And, learn how Graham Media Group's data-driven approach that has transformed the way the company tracks, validates and monetizes video.

Publishers will find solutions to industry concerns on Mega's Solutions Stage

A wide range of topics that are on the minds of newspaper publishers will be addressed on the Solutions Stage at the Mega-Conference next month in Fort Worth. One person can't attend all of the great sessions at Mega.  So, we're offering some "bring the team" discounts for newspapers and newspaper corporate offices that send multiple attendees. acquires iPublish Media Solutions, which provides obituary-related services to newspapers and funeral homes, has acquired iPublish Media Solutions, a self-serve platform for the placement of obituaries and other announcements in U.S. newspapers.

Arkansas and Tennessee newspapers sold to Paxton Media Group

Paxton Media Group has purchased The West Memphis (Arkansas) Evening Times, a paid-circulation daily newspaper, and the Germantown (Tennessee) News, a paid-circulation weekly newspaper. “This business combination creates a strong regional presence for us as it fits well with our other properties in Northeast Arkansas,” said Jamie Paxton, CFO of PMG.

Democrat-Gazette's digital shift moving to state's NW

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette has seen an 80% conversion rate among print subscribers switching to the digital replica in Harrison, which is better than the 78% statewide average. The conversion rate in Little Rock has been more than 90%.

Redesigned mobile app gives readers an experience that mirrors the website

The Las Vegas Review-Journal's new mobile app offers complete, customizable access and quickly notifies readers of breaking news. The paper normally provides online readers with five free article views over 30 days before requiring a paid subscription, but app users will have unlimited access to stories and videos through Feb. 14.

Cox Media Group granted extension to sell Ohio newspapers

Cox Media Group has been given a 60-day extension to complete the sale of its Ohio newspapers to a buyer, during which time it will not be required to reduce the publication schedule of those papers. A previous federal court ruling had given CMG until Jan. 16 to sell the papers or reduce the publication schedule to just three days a week.

Come early to take part in four Bonus Sessions at the Mega-Conference

You'll want to schedule your airline flights to be sure you are in Fort Worth in time for the Bonus Sessions on Monday morning, Feb. 17, prior to the kick-off of the General Session that afternoon. Side-by-side tracks will offer two choices at 10 a.m., followed by two more options at 10:45.  Each session will run 30 minutes, with a 15-minute break between sessions.

USA TODAY NETWORK launches 'Women of the Century' project

USA TODAY NETWORK is calling for nominations of inspiring women from across America who will receive national recognition and coverage in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment. USA TODAY NETWORK will leverage the combined power of its more than 260 newsrooms across the United States to explore this transformational constitutional change for women — what it has accomplished and what’s left to be done.

Our conference highlights, sessions

Putting challenges in perspective: Difficult doesn't mean impossible

"I love journalism," Mi-Ai Parrish told publishers gathered for the inaugural meeting of America's Newspapers, "and so do all of you. I love that we're watchdogs and storytellers. We're advocates, innovators. We're business strategists and community leaders. We're friends and neighbors, fathers and mothers, sons and daughters. We help connect our readers to the world and to the communities we serve. We enrich and inform, delight and unite."

How the Battle of New Orleans was Won

The "pirate" marketing tactics that The Advocate employed in the Battle of New Orleans played a key role in helping the paper overtake The Times-Picayune in the fight for dominance.

Hussman encourages all newspapers to adopt Statement of Core Values

In response to requests from a number of individuals since his talk at the inaugural meeting of America's Newspapers, Walter Hussman Jr. is sharing his Statement of Core Values on this website. He said: "I believe adopting a statement like this can help improve our relationship with our readers as a trusted and professional source on news."
Walter Hussman: Restoring faith in newspapers

Digital-not-so-ready: Initial findings from the GNI Subscriptions Lab

So what are the newspaper participants learning from the Google News Initiative Subscriptions Lab? Hint: Something about themselves.

In battle with digital giants, looking for a 'safe harbor' in Congress

The advocacy interests of America's Newspapers falls right in line with the first topic addressed at the Inaugural Meeting of America's Newspapers. The News Media Alliance's Danielle Coffey talked about frustrations she encounters when lobbying on Capitol Hill and the latest in the newspaper industry's campaign to get a fair revenue arrangement with the digital giants.

Take advantage of a tool everyone already uses: Email

Email is a daily part of millions of American's daily lives. So why aren't newspapers taking advantage of this amazing revenue generating opportunity? News-Press & Gazette Company's Kristen Frey and Observer Media Group's Emily Walsh talked about the insights they've gained from experimenting with email marketing.

Small is the new big: Niche publications that are year-round revenue generators

What do backyard poultry, goats and beekeeping have in common? All are niche interests that have been scaled into reliable revenue generators.

Protecting public notices and the vital information they provide to communities

Many advertisers find the process they must go through to place public notices to be frustrating, Legislators what to change the law to move legal notices out of newspapers (and onto state and local websites) and publishers are doing their best to make the process work. Where's it all heading and what will be key to hanging onto public notices?

Congratulations to our award winners
PJ Browning honored as E&P magazine's Publisher of the Year
PJ Browning: Recipient of E&P magazine's Publisher of the Year Award
Carmage Walls Commentary Prize honors courageous editorial writing
Peter Kovacs, editor of The Advocate in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, accepted the Carmage Walls Prize on behalf of Danny Heitman and Lanny Keller.
SNPA's staunchest advocate honored for 43 years of service
Edward VanHorn: Recipient of SNPA's Frank W. Mayborn Leadership Award
Joyce McCullough honored with Carlsen Distinguished Service Award
Joyce McCullough: Receipient of the Ray Carlsen Distinguished Service Award
Former Forum Communications CEO honored with high Inland award
Lloyd Case: Recipient of the Ralph D. Casey/Minnesota Award

A new champion for newspapers is born

America’s Newspapers – the association formed from the merger of the Inland Press Association and Southern Newspaper Publishers Association – was ceremonially launched October 6 at its inaugural meeting in Chicago.